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The Fertility Show

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Issue 893 (20 March 2017)

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20 March 2017 - by Sarah Norcross
At the Progress Educational Trust, we pride ourselves on our make-do-and-mend attitude. Being careful with PET's funds is part of our culture – we recently repurposed our stepladder as a flipchart easel... [Read More]
IVF add-ons: A perspective from a non-profit charity
20 March 2017 - by Dr Avi Lerner
Following the Panorama documentary on IVF 'add-ons', there has been a great deal of discussion about the potential for conflicts of interest in the fertility industry... [Read More]

News Digest

Failed fertility treatment linked to higher risk of heart disease and stroke
20 March 2017 - by Meetal Solanki
A study has revealed a possible link between unsuccessful fertility treatments and a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease... [Read More]
Gene variants for accelerated brain ageing discovered
20 March 2017 - by Dr Julia Hill
Two common variants of TMEM106B and progranulin (GRN) genes have been discovered to accelerate normal brain ageing... [Read More]
Existing drugs could benefit one in five breast cancer patients
20 March 2017 - by Dr Molly Godfrey
A genetic study of breast cancer patients suggests that existing drugs for treating rare breast and ovarian cancers may help more patients than previously thought... [Read More]
HFEA grants first UK licence to carry out mitochondrial donation
20 March 2017 - by Georgia Everett
Doctors at Newcastle Fertility Centre have been granted the first UK licence to use mitochondrial replacement therapy as a fertility treatment to prevent the inheritance of mitochondrial disease... [Read More]
Donated sperm in Florida counties may be infected with Zika
20 March 2017 - by Annabel Slater
The US Centers for Disease Control has identified a potential risk of Zika virus transmission from donor sperm in the Florida tri-county area... [Read More]
Stem cell treatments succeed and fail in treating eye disease
20 March 2017 - by Paul Waldron
In two different attempts to treat degenerative eye diseases with stem cells, three patients have been blinded, while disease progression has been stopped in a separate patient... [Read More]
First London CCG axes IVF funding
20 March 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard
Croydon has become the first Clinical Commissioning Group in London to cut funding for all IVF treatment, other than in 'exceptional circumstances'... [Read More]

Reviews

Video Review: The God Cells – A Fetal Stem Cell Journey
20 March 2017 - by Caroline Casey
The story of fetal-derived stem cells is explored in this documentary, from the ethics of how they're sourced and the clinical benefits some say they offer, to the barriers to licencing and their wider use... [Read More]

 

 

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